Coworker vs Customer

So the other day I was listening to a message by a pastor out of CA named Francis Chan and he said some stuff that really caught my attention so I thought I would share. He was reading out of the book of Philippians and was observing the love that Paul had for this church in Philippi. In verses 3-4 of chapter 1 Paul thanks God for them always. And then in verse 5 he says this, “because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”

If you have ever had a job before you will notice that there is this drastic difference in the relationship you have with a coworker as oppose to a customer. There is this bond that is formed between you as you labor together to perform a task or work towards a goal. Think about being a waiter or waitress in a restaurant. You can be having the best or worst day and able to talk to a fellow worker about it and be completely honest with them and they may be able to relate and sympathize. As soon as you go to interact with the customer though, you put up a facade. You have to meet their needs and make sure they are happy enough to want to come back to your restaurant. That is your job.

It is sad to say, but somehow our churches have taken on this worker/customer relationship and not the coworker relationship that Paul is talking about in Philippians. We come to church asking what we can get and checking to make sure that all of our preferences are met. Is the music what I like? Are the seats comfortable? Are the services short or long? Is there enough parking? Does the Pastor preach on things that I like? etc. Church really has somehow slipped into this consumer line of thinking. It’s all about me.

Wouldn’t it be great to get back to the church that Paul was talking about? A church where we would come together with fellow coworkers to encourage and uplift one another to continue sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. We would instantly bond with people if we knew that all week they had been sharing the same gospel that we had been. That we were doing this together. What a challenge. I pray that God will change our hearts and that we fix our gaze on Him the author and perfecter of our faith.